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Australian health workers say hospitals don’t face Omicron

Hospitals across the country aren’t facing the Omicron wave, and they’re not just taking it away from us – nurses, doctors and epidemiologists in NSW and Victoria say so.

The COVID positivity rate in NSW PCR swabs reached 27.74%, which is far higher than the The World Health Organization has defined as a controlled epidemic – 5 percent.

In Victoria, the positivity rate is 23 percent and it is 34 percent in Tasmania. Phew.

Did I also mention that the test centers are being closed in NSW? Well, now that I have it, that should paint a pretty clear picture for you.

The COVID situation is not going so well right now. By the way, there were 23,131 cases in NSW today and 14,020 in Victoria.

Hospitalizations are also increasing. NSW was up 1204 to 1344 Monday to Tuesday and Victoria went from 491 to 516 in the same period.

Experts expect 60% of Australians can be infected in three weeks at the current rate.

The Sydney Morning Herald published today an editorial written by the general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Brett Holmes, where he describes the struggle that government health workers are going through.

Here’s a taste of it: “Nurses and midwives have described feelings of hopelessness as they tackle the staff shortage crisis plaguing our hospitals… Statewide, nurses on units ICUs are again working excessive hours of double shift and overtime. “

Some nurses have reportedly said they are “dropping like flies” and lamented a lack of preparation for this wave, two years after the start of the pandemic.

The article also pointed out that emergency departments have a hard time getting to patients, which sounds pretty bad if you ask me!

And guess what? The same is happening in Victoria, according to age.

“I have real concerns about what next week will look like”, senior emergency doctor Stephane Parnis said the newspaper. “Our resources are being tested in a different way than any previous waves of coronavirus.”

Politicians have said time and again that health systems are doing well and have already been challenged (anonymously) by health workers. We’ll see if they change their tone in the next few days.

All this against the background of insufficient testing capacity, long turnaround times and a huge shortage of rapid antigenic testing. If only our governments had seen this coming and had adequately prepared.

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